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Shock-jock horror makes unwelcome return in ‘The Black Phone’

2/10 The Black Phone is this year’s Malignant, and that is not a compliment. It is a bizarre, incoherent mashup of several other movies and archetypes it admires but can’t come close to imitating. As a macabre circus-freak of a … Continue reading

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‘Elvis’ reveals, revels in flaws of musician biopic mantra

7/10 I usually can’t stand biopics or the work of writer/director/producer Baz Luhrmann, but the pair of formulas complement each other perfectly in Elvis. Las Vegas, Jan. 20, 1997- Lying in his hospital bed in the hours between a stroke … Continue reading

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First new kid Cha-Cha slides into town

7/10 Time is doing its thing. Cooper Raiff is a Dallas native who’s five years younger than I am, I drive past his high school a few times a week, and he made one of the biggest deals in Sundance … Continue reading

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This has all gotten a little too weird, hasn’t it?

Disney has made Pixar make a Marvel movie for its Star Wars pastiche character in order to capitalize on the brand recognition of a brand that does not exist. This has all gotten a little too weird, hasn’t it?

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‘Dominion’ is near-enough the ‘Jurassic Park’ sequel you’ve been waiting for

7/10 “The end of the Jurassic era,” woah! The Jurassic Park series is an “era” now, OK, that’s certainly a word. And Jurassic World: Dominion is the end of that era! Don’t get sick of it now, we’ve only got … Continue reading

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